Mirror Glass inlay furniture

Then tradition of Mirror Glass inlay is over 300 years old, though  little is known about it outside of Udaipur. It has mainly be used in adorning wall panels in Udaipur’s many oppulent palaces. The City Palace by the shores of lake Pichola in Udaipur has some stunning examples of glass inlay wall panels, rangoli patterns of hand cut mirror fragments were laid out by palace craftsmen to create stunning and often colourful mosaics. This famous peacock with its explosion of colours is an early creation for the City Palace. Each individual piece of mirror is hand cut with a scissor like tool that takes skill and care, and the end result is a reflective, shimmering  expression of Rajasthani style. Like Indian bone inlay, glass inlay can be applied to furniture too. Here is an example of a glass inlay geometric chest of drawers. Imagine the patience, skill and artistic mastery required to create this complex geometric pattern by hand.

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We have purchased several wall panels, console tables and bedsides in mirror inlay. We have also picked up this mirror glass inlay floral chest of drawers. Remember you can imagine this in any colour. Instead of white resin in the background you could have any shade you can think of.

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I believe Iris are the only company offering mirror glass inlay  outside of India. We would love to get customer feedback on this unique style of Rajasthani furniture.

Like all our furniture styles, we can offer a bespoke service in our mirror inlay range. We invite you to design your own bespoke inlay furniture. Different colours of glass are also available, so you can choose the background colour (the resin the glass is set in) as well as the glass itself! You could choose one of the patterns from our bone inlay furniture range, and simply request the same in mirror inlay, selecting your chosen colour. These vases give you an idea of how the furniture would look with different colored resins, the grey one on the right has excited us particularly, before long we will commission a grey glass inlay item and display it in our shop in Brighton and on our web site.

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Believe it or not, the method used for creating mirror glass inlay furniture has not changed for 300 years. Because of the challenges in cutting glass without it splintering in unwanted directions it can not be cut with power tools, strange bent scissors are used to sheer the fragments, and this tool has remained unchanged since the early artisans in Udaipur were working on the city’s palaces.

If you are reading this blog and you have a desire something truly unique from the creative hot bed of Indian style that is Udaipur, collaborate with Iris and we will help realise your vision. Whether its mother of pearl inlay furniture, bone inlay or glass inlay, send us some drawings, a photo, or a link- and begin a bespoke order process. We will send you images of your furniture before it leaves India, we just need a 40% deposit in advance, and you pay the balance once your unique item arrives in the UK. Please send enquiries to info@irisfurnishing.co.uk

Customer Reviews

Very happy customers! Bought a 7 drawer inlay chest of drawers. It's stunning and service and staff fantastic! Will buy again.
Sarah Lisette
Sarah Lisette
10:10 15 Sep 18
Beautiful objects from India. Much care goes into the making and sourcing of all their goods. Easy access. Friendly staff.
Great Service. Found these guys online and went to the shop and found some beautiful pieces.
Ciaran Clarke
Ciaran Clarke
10:33 10 Sep 18
When I originally started to look for some Indian inspired furniture for our house, I was halfway over to Lahore before I found the koh-i-noor of a company that is Iris Furnishing. The fact that this is a UK based company which ships in from India had me enraptured, and then when visiting their site I almost exploded with wide eyed happiness. The White Metal Embossed Sideboard we purchased is magically constructed, a frequent point of discussion for any guests and is a beautiful enhancement to all rooms. The service we received from the chaps who ran the company was top class, and I only wished I was at home when they delivered, to thank them personally. Do yourself a favour and buy something from Iris, it would turn your house into a Mahal.
DexterFletcher272
DexterFletcher272
11:06 15 Jan 18
I've had an impresive experience with Iris Furnishing. Just today I received my big custom order, A very large dresser and two large night tables. They are white with mother pearl and I am so happy and thankful, they are very attractive and unique pieces.Iris Furnishing shipped my order from their store to Madrid, Spain where I reside. So I didnt have to pay import taxes, a big bonus!. I love the hand made inlay pieces. I am actually thinking what else could I order...Thanks Iris Furniture you provide wonderful handcraft products and a great service. :-)
Silvia Herreros
Silvia Herreros
01:16 19 Sep 17
Ordered two bedside chests from here and they arrived today and I am absolutely over the moon with them - they are so gorgeous and they look amazing in my bedroom. Charley was really helpful with the order and the delivery - thank you so much Charley for making the process so easy. I am one super happy customer!! 😊
Rosie Evans
Rosie Evans
18:40 24 Sep 15